The sandwich is a gaming invention.

Sure, you’ve heard how John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, popularized the kind of food we eat so often today. But did you know he needed a sandwich because he was gaming? Wikipedia told me so.

It is said that Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage, while eating without getting his cards greasy from eating meat with his bare hands.

While we’re on the subject of sandwiches, I’d like to mention that the strict definition of a sandwich involves two pieces of bread. This means, of course, that the notorious KFC Double Down is not in fact a “chicken sandwich” as advertised. It’s just a pile of stuff that will kill you.

Besides, a sandwich is named for its contents, not the delivery mechanism. If the Double Down were a sandwich, it would be a bacon and cheese sandwich, not a chicken sandwich.

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